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CMU president addresses racial discrimination claims

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Posted at 8:34 AM, Apr 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-28 13:12:36-04

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Central Michigan University President Bob Davies hosted a press conference Thursday to address new claims of racial discrimination following the elimination of the school's men's track and field team.

The school says it got a letter dated April 25 from the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights notifying them of the discrimination based on race claim.

CMU president addresses racial discrimination claims

The school announced its decision to cut the team back in May 2020.

At the time, the school said the decision was made due to changes in enrollment and the impact of COVID-19.

While the student scholarships were still honored, 36 student-athletes were impacted.

CMU released a statement saying in part:

"CMU will fully comply with OCR’s investigation and we are willing to openly share data related to the decision-making process. In all we do at Central Michigan University, we are committed to the success of our students, to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion on our campus, and to being a welcoming and supportive community for every individual."

This comes as the university is also facing a large enrollment drop.